Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Liz Kellison, deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, is responsible for leading the strategic and financial activities for the team, which works to make high-quality digital financial services widely accessible to poor people throughout the developing world. Liz also leads the team’s gender work in reducing the gap between men and women in usage of digital financial services.
Liz joined the foundation in 2008, where she served as senior project officer in the Chief Administrative Office, helping manage large cross-foundation initiatives. Prior to the foundation, Liz was Director of Programs at WebJunction/OCLC, an online community for public library staff which helps support libraries offering public access computing services and programs. Prior to WebJunction, Liz served as Vice President of Business Development and Director of Academic Affairs at Quisic, a leading online business and management education company, serving Global 1000 corporations worldwide.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Liz holds a Master’s in Slavic Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a BA from Williams College.